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We've came a long way: The growth in phone resolutions

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 4, 2016 2:38 pm

Many of us have used one of Nokia's phones at one point in our lives. The Nokia 3310 is still mentioned as an indestructible phone with amazing battery life. The popularity of Nokia phones is best shown in the sales numbers - both the Nokia 5110 and Nokia 3210 have been sold more than 160 million units.




Compared with today's luxury smartphones, these old models look very modest. Especially if we compare the size of the screen and its resolution. In less than two decades, we have witnessed major changes in the dimensions and quality.


Apple's iPhone 7 Plus has a 514 times higher screen resolution than the Nokia 5110, which was launched in 1998.

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Pixel smartphone detailed in new leak from UK retailer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 3, 2016 7:22 am

Google can't plug the hole that is leaking out all of the details on its upcoming Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, with UK retailer Carphone Warhouse listing two new smartphones on their website - the Pixel, and Pixel XL.





The website notes that Android 7.1 will include Assistant AI Allo, Google Photos (with unlimited storage for full-sized pics), their new Duo videochat application, and more.





We will see the new Pixel smartphones rocking rapid charging through its USB-C port, but then there's a mention of a microSD card slot - which doesn't sound right.

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Google's new phone looks like an iPhone/Nexus mashup

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 2, 2016 2:17 am

Google is only days away from unveiling its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, powered by the newly-released Android 7.0 operating system, which debuted on LG's new V20 smartphone. But today, we have the best look at the Pixel and Pixel XL yet, resembling a lovechild of the iPhone and Nexus smartphones.




Rozetked has made some of the most realistic renders of the Pixel and Pixel XL yet, with both of the smartphones looking pretty damn sharp. We should expect four colors on offer: black, silver, gray, and gold. But the varying colors are joined by some design tweaks on the rear - and I have to say, they're looking damn good.




We have rumors that Google will be pricing the 5-inch Pixel smartphone at $649, which is expensive considering previous generation Nexus smartphones were always a cheaper alternative. Google is hosting its media event on October 4.

Man walks into Apple Store, destroys Macs, iPhones

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 30, 2016 6:34 pm

An Apple customer in Dijon, France was apparently so unhappy with the company's customer service that he decided to smash equipment in his local Apple Store this morning.



In the video below, you can see him in the store using a steel ball like the one used in the French game Pétanque to destroy Macs and iPhones, while talking about his rights as a customer and how poor Apple's customer service has been in his case. It doesn't take long before security shows up and escorts him out, at which point he becomes difficult and later, tries to escape.


It's said police have since taken the man into custody.

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Apple copies Samsung again, with exploding iPhone 7 Plus

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 30, 2016 7:34 am

Apple has copied Samsung on a few things over the years, and vica versa - but this time, Apple has copied Samsung once again with their new iPhone 7 exploding for Reddit user 'kroopthesnoop'.




Their iPhone 7 Plus in matte black looks like it exploded in a big way, but instead of blowing up after the owner started using it, the owner said it arrived like this, meaning it happened in transit. Reddit user 'kroopthesnoop' explained: "Something happened between the factory and delivery".




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Apple's total cost to manufacture the iPhone 7 is $225

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 27, 2016 9:55 am

Apple announced their new phones this month and the prices are as expected - the iPhone 7 starts at $649 and iPhone 7 Plus at $769. But, do you know how much Apple has to spend to manufacture those phones?




A report from IHS Markit, an analyst company based in London, shows that Apple's total cost to manufacture the iPhone 7 (32GB) is $224.80, which is around 18% more than the cost of the iPhone 6S.


"Total BOM (the bill of materials) costs for the iPhone 7 are more in line with what we have seen in teardowns of recent flagship phones from Apple's main competitor, Samsung, in that the costs are higher than in previous iPhone teardown analyses. All other things being equal, Apple still makes more margin from hardware than Samsung, but materials costs are higher than in the past", said Andrew Rassweiler, senior director of cost benchmarking services.

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Our closest look at the Google Pixel smartphone yet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 27, 2016 5:38 am

It wasn't too long ago that we had our first look of the Pixel smartphone, and now we have a clearer shot of the 5-inch smartphone, and the purported new navigation buttons.




VentureBeat has the scoop with the Google Pixel smartphone, the 5-inch variant while the 5.5-inch display will find a home on Pixel XL, but we have a great look of the phone's UI. We can see the new Pixel Launcher, as well as the circular launcher icons and new navigation icons.


The icons are now completely filled in on the Android 7.0-based smartphone, compared to the empty shapes on previous versions of Android. The change in icons could be an exclusive to the Pixel, but overall the smartphone is shaping up to be a nice evolution from Nexus to Pixel, and Android 6.0 to 7.0, so far.

iPhone 7 owners drill hole to find hidden headphone jack

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 27, 2016 3:13 am

Apple removing the 3.5mm audio jack on the iPhone 7 has been a journey of lots of ups and downs, but one of the best parts of this (I have a dark sense of humor) is that there's a viral video showing someone drilling a hole to expose the hidden 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7.



TechRax's clip has over 10 million views, with some of the comments on the video not realizing it's a troll and tried the "secret hack", drilling a hole in their iPhone 7 to find the hidden 3.5mm port. Most of the comments are also trolls, but there looks to be a few people who might have tried the hack.

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Microsoft rumored to launch Surface Phone in 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 26, 2016 11:37 pm

With a newly focused Microsoft aiming for services and devices and beyond successful brands in Windows and Xbox, the Surface range has been quickly making a name for itself against Apple in many ways.




Microsoft tried its hand at the mobile market with Nokia, but it didn't work and it was a massive acquisition that saw Nokia virtually dissolve into irrelevance when compared with how Samsung and Apple have completely dominated and made monopolies of the mobile market, something Nokia was once the ruler of.


With rumors of Surface Phone, the company could be working on its own smartphone to compete against Samsung and Apple, teaming up with Qualcomm on the processor side of things. More information has surfaced on Microsoft's purported smartphone, with a post on Baidu teasing it runs Windows 10 Mobile Redstone 2, packs the Snapdragon 830 processor, a 5.7-inch 2K display, and a 20MP camera.


The information was posted in May, so many of these specs could have easily changed, and might do so again before its launch in 2017. Microsoft could do well in the smartphone market as it is beginning to get stale on the iPhone side, while Samsung deals with the massive issues stemming from its battery issues on the Galaxy Note 7, losing nearly $40 billion in stock in just a few days.

Samsung Galaxy S8 rumored to rock a 4K display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 24, 2016 2:29 pm

Samsung is currently busy replacing all of those exploding Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, but the rumors of its next-gen Galaxy S8 just won't go away, with the latest rumor teasing a 4K display for the Galaxy S8.




It has been reported that a senior official from Samsung was arrested in South Korea, as he was trying to steal confidential information from Samsung in relation to its 14nm and 10nm technology. The report teased that Samsung is planning to use a 10nm-based Exynos processor in its Galaxy S8 next year, but then SamMobile (who are pretty good with rumors) says they have information which says the Galaxy S8 will rock the Exynos 8895 processor with ARM's new Mali-G71 GPU.


ARM's updated Mali-G71 GPU is 1.8x as powerful as the Mali-T880 MP12 GPU that's used in the Exynos 8890-based Galaxy S7. The new Mali-G71 GPU is powered by ARM's new Bifrost architecture, offering 4K and VR and is compatible with Vulkan, OpenGL ES 3.2, GPU Compute, and Android RenderScript APIs. The GPU is clocked at 850MHz, with the 16nm GPU capable of 27.2Gpix/s, over double what the Mali-T880 is capable of at the same speeds.


This could allow Samsung to use a 4K resolution on the Galaxy S8, for higher image quality on the smartphone display, as well as a better VR experience with its own Gear VR headset.